Just how deep in the tank is the powerful media machine for Sen. Barack Obama?
Funny you should ask. Let me give you a couple of glaring examples. And these happened all in one 24 hour period.
On the evening of the ever-important Pennsylvania primary, all the cable news networks were showcasing their best and brightest anchors, snazzy sets, and high-tech histrionics to give us more analysis, graphs, exit polling and dramatic music than we could ever possibly handle in one night.
I know this may come as a shock to some, but I happen to prefer my TV news coverage from Fox News Channel. Perhaps it has something to do with my role as a Fox News on-air contributor, but I also appreciate their coverage.
But it’s fun to surf up and down the dial and check out what everyone else is doing, too.
Tuesday night at approximately 7:30pm EST, MSNBC featured Chris Mathews and Keith Olbermann sitting behind the big “election central” desk. The pair was surrounded by gigantic clocks reminding any viewer who happened to be watching that there were still thirty minutes left before the Pennsylvania polls closed. They had a ticking graphic on the screen; there were enormous clocks on the set. Anyone with the ability to tell time knew that it was 7:30 on the east coast and the polls would be closing in thirty minutes.
Anyone, it seems, except Chris Mathews.
When 7:30 rolled around, Chris Mathews welcomed the audience back to the MSNBC coverage. Olbermann was sitting next to him trying to look important, but as usual, really just looking constipated. Olbermann likes to pretend he’s Edward R. Murrow as he rips off Murrow with “Good night and good luck” at the end of his propaganda-filled tirades every night, so maybe Keith was channeling Murrow at the time.
In any event, what came out of Mathews’ mouth was simply remarkable. “Right now, the polls are closed in Pennsylvania, it’s 8 o’clock” he said. Remember, there are huge graphics and clocks at the very moment Mathews is declaring the polls closed that show it’s 7:30pm.
You think I’m making this up? Watch it here.
Now there are a few things that are positively hysterical about Mathews’ major league mistake. First, watch how Olbermann, sitting there with his pursed lips and his granny glasses perched over his beady little eyes, nervously and quickly glances over at Mathews when he said the polls were closed.